Don Ed Hardy, "Future Plans" (detail), 1967. Etching, 11 13/16 x 9 1/4 in. (30 x 23.5 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of the artist, 2017.46.56. © Don Ed Hardy.
From July 13th to October 6th, San Francisco’s de Young Museum is hosting the first ever museum retrospective of the work of Don Ed Hardy—Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin. One of the first events to comprehensively showcase the work of an individual tattooist—although, as Deeper Than Skin will no doubt clarify, Ed Hardy is not a figure who can easily be summarized under the moniker “tattooist”—the show is fittingly set in the city where Hardy both earned his arts degree and opened his precedent-setting private tattoo studio, Realistic Tattoo, in 1974. Tattoo enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the selection of archival images showcasing some of Hardy’s prolific work, but Deeper Than Skin also offers flash drawings, paintings, sketches, and other ephemera for those who are compelled more towards biography or fine arts.
We are pleased to offer a full review of Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin in our forthcoming print issue of TTTism. See our interview with Don Ed Hardy at San Francisco’s Bay Area Tattoo Convention here.